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Monday, April 20, 2009

Almond Cake

I have never posted a cake before, I always baked in lil batches and they were all over by the time they came out of the oven... I envy my Mom, she makes magnificent cakes and cookies, how much I miss all those goodies... Used to help her measure and mix the batter, spilling all over and wait till the end to lick the remains from the mixing bowl... And obviously she had lotsa to clean after our venture of baking cakes... Now this is my speciality cake, our friend Ven's fav he requested me to make this cake for him, I being very lazy used to give 'im some or the other excuse saying I dint find that or this etc. Ven took it in his hands and bought me the flour 4 months back... ;)

Ask me why I dint do this, oh yeah again I gave him lame excuses as usual... I later realized that 1 pack of the flour was all over... I hear to clear and loud you ask me how did that happen, I gradually started using the flour for my bread ;) Today I decided oh yeah am gonna make it for sure and here came the cake.

For more Almond Cake pictures from my kitchen please visit My Other Blog

Ingredients:

Almond Flour - 6 ozs
Semi Sweet Chocolate - 6 ozs (I used Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Morsels)
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs - 6 nos. separated
Butter - 1 1/2 sticks

Breadcrumbs - 2 tbsps

Method:

1. Bring Butter to room temperature and cream it with sugar.
2. Add Egg Yolks one at a time and whip it with the cream (Add all the 6 Egg Yolks).
3. Chop the Morsels, I used a nut chopper to chop them down. Mix it with the batter.
4. Spoon in the Almond Flour one spoon at a time and mix well.
5. Beat the Egg Whites until they form a structure. Slowly add the Egg Whites and mix well.
6. Grease a 9" baking pan and cut down parchment paper and spread it on the baking pan and sprinkle breadcrumbs
7. Preheat the oven to 375 Degree, bake the cake for the first 20 mins at 375 Degree. Reduce the temperature to 350 and bake for 30 more mins.
8. Remove the cake and cool them on a cooling rack.

Note: Old ovens do not have a vent to release the heat inside so open it once in between to let the hot air out.

Caution: A word of caution, there is no baking powder or any other raising agent so the cake raises to the max when baked but later they fall rock bottom, thats the nature of the cake so dont really worry about that.



Ganache:

Ingredients:

Half & Half Milk - 3/4 cup
Dry coffee Powder - 2 tsps
Semi Sweet Chocolate - 8 ozs (Ghirardelli Morsels)
Molases - 1 tbsp

Method:

1. In a heavy bottom pan, heat Half & Half when it comes to a rolling boil add the Coffee Powder and keep stirring all the while.
2. Drop the Chocolate Morsels and Molases and mix thoroughly well until the chocolate is melted.
3. Let it cool and spread on the cake. Decorate with Almonds.



Note: Do not refridgerate the cake, the Ganache will loose its shine so prepare it the day you like to serve it.

Almond Cake goes to Poornimas "For the Love of Chocolate!!" event.



And it goes to Cooking 4 all Seasons's Mithai Mela

60 comments:

Pooja said...

wow looking yummy ramya..Nice decors..recipe is looking simple..gonna try it..

doggybloggy said...

ramya this cake is the most magnificent looking cake ever - you seem to have your mothers talents.

Ramya Bala said...

WOW WOW WOW...yummilicious cake...almond flour?pudusu pudusa solra ramya :)thanks to u :)

Divya Vikram said...

That looks gorgeous Ramya!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! yummy ..i ust love cakes .
hey dear thanks for the comments @ my blog keep visiting :)Thanks

Yasmeen said...

I'm sure your friend was extremely delighted ,the cake looks awesome:)

aquadaze said...

absolutely yummy cake...this will go on my try very soon list :)

Pooja said...

The cake is awesome.I love almond and chocolate cakes and that too with Gancahe. Great post :)

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Lavanya said...

mouthwatering ramya..perfect for the events..even i made cake today..check my blog :)

Ashwini said...

Yummy Cake Ramya..Love the Ganache..Yumm. Could have that piece.

Priyameena said...

Thanks for the lovely comments ramya..I am glad I got a gemini friend..Almond cakes looks yummy!!

Sangeetha said...

yum yum....cake no wounder its over by the time they are out the oven. nice clicks too.

Hey chk out another award for you in my blog

Prathibha said...

yummy yummy yummy....
even i did some baking yesterday...
wish i could have had a bite of it..:)

Deepa Hari said...

Cake looks absolutely delicious Ramya...nice decorations.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

o my god.. wonderful cake. should be very flavorful.

Bharathy said...

You have a lovely place here, Girl.. :)..will keep visiting :)

Sharmila said...

Awesome looking cake! :-)

Varunavi said...

nice cake,looks great dear

Sushma said...

great pictures & must try cake..,
I want some cakes now :P
very nice dear

Priya said...

WOw thats a gorgeous cake, am drooling rite now here:)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks perfect & yummy,,... will i pass that plate pls??>>

Nirvana's Kitchen said...

This cake looks sooooooooo delish!!! And its really pretty too!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Thats such a yummy and lovely cake, I love it :) Easy and simple with a few ingredients, thanks a lot for this wonderful cake dear :)

Valarmathi said...

Looks awesome. I love cakes. feel like having it now. Love the decoration of almonds on the cake.

Happy cook said...

Cak looks beautiful and delicious.

Ushanandini said...

Oh... gorgeous cake! Lovely decoration!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments. Thanks Ramya.

Mrs Lavanya Siva said...

Hey, Ramya........Wow......yummy cake ya. The decoration is too good. You are having too many nice blogs.....I really enjoyed reading it( Specially the one about spices) I just loved it. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your valuable comments.

Smitha said...

hi Ramya,
thanx for visiting my space.I really need to take some time to go through your blog. Will be back on your blog too:)

UjjU said...

Thanks Ramya for visiting my blog. The presentation of the cake is so good. I love Ghirardelli chocolates. When we were in SFO last year, I'd bought a huge bag of mixed goodies from there. :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely presentation dear...yummy cake

Sujatha said...

Almonds with chocolate sounds super delicious! I can have a piece of it right now :)

Pavithra said...

simply superb ramya...I will try it soon and nice entry to the event. all the best

AnuSriram said...

Fabulous! Yummy cake.. Simple and easy recipe!

Purva Desai said...

This looks gorgeous....eye catching glaze on the cake....can I grab a bite plzzzz

Dhanya said...

Cake looks moist and delicious da :).Good one. Also loved the way you decorated it with Almonds.

Vrinda said...

Thanx for the visit Ramya..Ganache looks perfect

kittymatti said...

The cake looks so appetizing.. Great recipe!! How I wish I could bake well :)

Priya Sriram said...

Wow.. awesome job Ramya! Cake is tooo delicious and awesome click! :)

sowjanya said...

ramya,
I must say that was one of the best cakes I've ever seen. Looks delicious.

Varsha Vipins said...

Slur Slurp..Superb da..The cake looks amazing..:)

Vibaas said...

looks sooo yummy..i missed last few posts as i didnt check any blogs this week. i checked today and am drooling over your aam shrikand. :D Yum!!

Vicky Xavier. said...

Boomarked this recipe. Almond cake looks delicious. I too love 'no raise cake'.

vidhas said...

Wow!! the cake looks yummy and mosit. I am taking my share, Slurp!!

Suparna said...

Hi Ramya,
Handsome looking cake there...:)
Nice combination of two rich n strong flavours.
tc

Vishali said...

love the Almond cake dear. nice entry for the Mitahi Mela of Srivalli. :)

Uma said...

wow, wow! What a pretty cake! looks so mouth-watering Ramya! Great job!

Ammu said...

Lovely cake ramya. Perfectly baked. Cute blog.

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks gorgeous, love almonds...can I drop in? he he...

Jeena said...

This cake is gorgeous what a delightful treat to bake.

rekhas kitchen said...

oooohh look at that topping mmmmmm amazing aaaahhhh what to say lovely

Vandana Rajesh said...

The cake looks so delicious. Almonds and the rich ganache make it irresistible.Bookmarked!!

Jaya said...

Ramya,
absolutely stunning and delicious ..I want my share :)..
hugs and smiles

Sakshi said...

Hi Ramya first time here and am glad I got you from your comment at Shoba's blog. You have a nice and delicious blog here and that Cake is sinfully delightful.

From shoba's blog I read you telling that you get everything fresh even drumstick in Boston..Gal care to enlighten me about your shopping places?? coz all I get from our place is frozen things and that too very limited. I can travel any distance around MA to grab all these yummy Indian stuff :) Blogrolled u so now won't miss any recipe

Ashwini said...

cake looks yummy and picyure perfect

Le @HC said...

OOhhh.. Cake looks beautiful topped with almonds, Ramya...

Shreya said...

so yummy...looks so good!:-)

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks so good and with ganache on top - irresistible. So can we get almond flour separately or is that just ground up almonds?

Veggie Food Journal said...

Irresistible!

Madhumathi said...

Thats a b'ful looking cake,Ramya! I can't stop drooling at it..

sangeeta said...

the cake is absolutely mouthwatering with an almond n chocolate combo........rich n yum.

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